During one summer in college, I was introduced to a student named Shahin who wanted to gather some information from me about the Czech Republic (the country where I was born) as he was getting ready to travel there to study abroad. Little did I know that that was the beginning of our friendship… that simple meeting on the patio in front of the student center. During our meeting, I kindly asked Shahin to bring me my favorite chocolate back from Europe. A few weeks later, Shahin showed up at my work with not just one chocolate bar, but a full box of them! I could not understand why in the world would this student whom I only met once be so generous and kind to travel back with a heavy box of treats. Over the next remaining college years, Shahin and I became good friends; he was (and still is) like a brother to me… and to this day continues to be generous and kind.
I cannot remember a day when Shahin did not talk about his sweetheart, Maggie, who lived in Virginia while we were all attending college. He would often drive from Georgia up to Virginia to visit her. After meeting Maggie and witnessing their love, I knew these two were meant to be. Fast forward almost nine years and this sweet couple is now a family of seven! I am so honored to have been able to capture their ever-growing family; it all started with a simple engagement photoshoot and the tradition of being their family photographer “stuck” to this day.
Although the military has never sent us to the same duty station, we all try to visit each other as much as possible, which always gives us opportunity for more photos! So far, my husband and I have visited Maggie and Shahin at each and every duty they have been stationed at. During each of our visits, there are more and more photos that we have created pictured on their walls. 🙂 I also try to squeeze myself and my husband into a few photos to keep my own memories. Maybe 40 years from now, we can all look back and reminisce about our great friendship and good times together.
And so below are photos of Shahin and Maggie and their growing family… from the beginning to present.
Note: I have definitely come a long way with my photography skills! Pardon the earliest photos… those were a great practice! 🙂
Engagement Photos – 2009
Visiting Maggie and Shahin in Germany while exploring a few countries together. – 2010
Maggie, Shahin, and their baby #1 visit us at Fort Lee, Virginia. – 2011
Another meet up in Virginia with baby#2 on her way. – 2012
Maggie and Shahin and their two cute kiddos come see us in Colorado Springs, CO. Forty toes so far… – 2013
Kevin and I visit Fort Drum, NY… time to meet baby #3! Love is definitely in the air. – 2015
My visit to West Point, NY last November allowed for a great photoshoot! The West Point’s grounds are simply gorgeous during the fall and I must say that our latest photoshoot is my favorite thus far (and that’s why I am including a full session worth of images). 🙂 Two wonderful parents, four amazing kids, and fifth baby on his way (who was actually born just a little over a week ago). 2016